SUBMISSION DEADLINE: 6 June 2013, 23:59 UTC/GMT

    For over 30 years, the Courses program has been a cornerstone of the SIGGRAPH conferences. It allows experts to teach the fundamentals and share the latest research in computer graphics and interactive techniques with the entire community. At SIGGRAPH Asia 2013, hundreds of practitioners, developers, researchers, artists, and students will attend its courses to broaden and deepen their knowledge of their field, and to learn the secrets of new directions. Join them!

    Courses usually fall into one of the following categories:

    1. Introductory:
      1. An introduction to a topic, suitable for attendees with little or no background in that area. These courses can range from basic topics through more advanced concepts. The important criterion for this type of course is that it should guide attendees through the material in a sensible way and not assume much prior knowledge in that specific topic.
      2. An introduction to an area that is related to computer graphics but is not considered "core" graphics. In this case, in addition to the points outlined above, the materials must clearly demonstrate how computer graphics researchers and professionals would benefit from the information in the course.
    2. State-of-the-art: Best practices and state-of-the-art methodologies for computer graphics professionals. These are advanced courses presenting the best the field can offer to professionals in a specific subfield.
    3. New trends: Consolidation of a new and emerging research trend. This type of course can guide new researchers in the area and help facilitate transfers to practical applications.
    4. Hands-on: A course that provides opportunities for attendees to learn by doing, through the industry's most-popular technologies. They are intended for a limited audience on a first-come, first-served basis. Please contact the Courses Committee

    While we provide the basic guidelines for the different educational roles above, we believe that the presentation should be tailored to the specific topic and its relevance to the attendees. Therefore, if you feel that your course does not fit the above options, please get in touch with the course committee and we will be happy to provide suggestions and feedback.

    Proposals for courses that have been presented at previous SIGGRAPH or SIGGRAPH Asia conferences are welcome, however, they must explain why the course should be repeated. Please refer to the FAQs for details.

    SIGGRAPH Asia 2013 has special focuses on games, interactive technologies, mobile devices, GPU computing, and other Asia-centric topics. We encourage submission of course proposals that deal with:

    • Real-time computer graphics for games
    • Interactive graphics techniques and HCI
    • Graphics techniques and applications for mobile devices
    • General purpose processing on the GPU
    • Production and simulation of oriental art forms
    • Digital content creation, including mapping and GIS
    • Graphics models and methods based on large-scale datasets
    • Large-scale information/medical/scientific visualization

    SIGGRAPH Asia 2013 attendees are local and international, established industry professionals, students, professors, researchers, engineers, producers. Their expectations are diverse, and we are looking for outstanding courses, at beginning, intermediate, and advanced levels, on ACM SIGGRAPH's most popular and fundamental topics, including (but not limited to):

    • Computer animation
    • Visual effects techniques
    • Programming graphics hardware
    • Digital geometry processing
    • Artistic and physically based rendering
    • Simulating living creatures and natural phenomena
    • Computational photography and image manipulation
    • Computer vision and machine learning
    • Virtual and augmented reality
    • Visual analytics
    • And any other hot emerging topic that you want to get people excited about!

    Courses are presented in two basic formats: short (1.75 hours) and half-day (3.75 hours including a 15-minute break). SIGGRAPH Asia 2013 will accept a limited number of One-Day Courses (seven hours including two 15-minute breaks and a longer break for lunch). We recommend one lecturer for a short course,  two or three lecturers for a half-day course, and four or five presenters for a one-day course. Hands-on courses will likely be good candidates for full day courses, although this is not a necessary requirement and depends on the material being covered.

    The official language of SIGGRAPH Asia 2013 is English. All spoken presentations, slide presentations, and course notes are expected to be in English.

    Courses Chair

    Yizhou Yu
    The University of Hong Kong
    Hong Kong


    How To Submit?

    Log in to the SIGGRAPH Asia Information System, select "Begin a New Submission," and then select "create" for the Courses submission form. Your submission must include the following materials and information:

    • Basic information about your submission (page 1).
    • Permissions (page 2) and presentation format (page 3).
    • Basic submission information, including lecturer names, affiliations, and contact information, as well as title of the course, and a single-sentence summary (50 words or fewer).
    • One "representative image" suitable for use in the conference web site and promotional materials. See Representative Image Guidelines.
    • Statement of permissions to use the submitted materials.
    • Course Description, Syllabus/Schedule including duration of topic sections and lecturers.
    • Length of the course (1.5 hours or half day: 3.25 hours).
    • Intended audience, prerequisites, and level of difficulty.
    • Bio Form. Please provide short bios for each of your lecturers or panelists.. We recommend one lecturer for a short course and two lecturers for a half-day course.
    • Sample of Course Notes. This is an outline of materials and a representative sample of the type of Course Notes that you plan to provide if your course is accepted. The review sample need not be long or complete, but it should be clear and concise, and it should demonstrate the expected quality of the learning materials that will be available during and after the conference.
      Course Notes Examples
      Formatting Guidelines
    • Special presentation requirements, if any.
    • Submission categories and keywords to help ensure your submission is reviewed and juried appropriately.
    • Optional: You may also provide examples of other materials, demonstrations, or exercises that support the course topics. 

    Non-native English speakers may use the English Review Service to help improve the text of submissions. Please note that this process takes time, so plan far ahead.


    All submitters must complete the Submission and Authorization Agreement before the submission deadline. Incomplete submissions will not be reviewed or accepted.

    For more information about uploading files for your submission, please see Uploading Files.

    For additional submission information, please see the FAQs.


    Courses can fulfill many educational roles:

    • Introducing a core graphics area, suitable for someone with little background in that area. These can cover various topics, ranging from introductory to advanced. The jury evaluates these based on if they believe the course will guide an attendee through the material in a sensible way.
    • Introducing a topic related to graphics but not considered "core" graphics. The jury evaluates these courses based on the expected benefit of the knowledge to a typical SIGGRAPH Asia attendee.
    • Consolidating a new and emerging research trend. The jury evaluates these courses based on their potential to facilitate knowledge transfer for practical applications and guide new researchers in the area.

    Well-attended, strong courses may be re-submitted in subsequent years. Recently taught courses must provide justification for why the course should be repeated. Courses taught longer ago should explain why the material should be revisited, and what new advancements will be covered. Introductory courses have the potential to be repeated more frequently than advanced ones, as the potential audience is larger.

    Jurors are asked to evaluate your submission using four criteria: Concept, Novelty, Interest, and Quality. The final submission score is based on a combination of these factors. For example, a submission that is high quality, has broad appeal, and contains something new is likely to be accepted, while a submission that is incremental, of interest to only a small number of people, and poorly written will probably be rejected.

    How exceptional are the ideas, problems, solutions, aesthetics, etc. presented in this submission? How coherently does the submission convey its overall concept? Is the concept similar to existing ones, or does it stand out?

    How new and fresh is this work? Is it a new, ground-breaking approach to an old problem, or is it an existing approach with a slightly new twist? You must demonstrate to the jury that your course is sufficiently different from other approaches to the topic.

    Will conference attendees want to attend this course? Will it inspire them? Does it appeal to a broad audience? This is partly a measure of how broad the potential audience is and partly a measure of the overall clarity and novelty of the proposal.

    Quality, Craft, and Completeness
    This is a measure of the course proposal's quality of expression, clarity of thinking, and how clearly and completely it explains the course and its intentions. It also measures the quality and completeness of the supporting materials.


    Some reasons courses are rejected:

    • Example notes or slides fail to communicate key ideas clearly and informatively.
    • Materials narrowly cover an area, without sufficient justification. A course should provide a comprehensive overview, and not just focus (for instance) on the presenter's own techniques or methods used in a particular company.
    • Previous courses have sufficiently covered the area, or the jury feels the topic is too narrow to attract sufficient attendance at SIGGRAPH Asia.

    Upon Acceptance

    You will be notified of acceptance or rejection in July 2013.

    After acceptance, the SIGGRAPH Asia Information System will allow you to update basic information about your work and upload any final materials for inclusion on the conference program and web site. This information needs to be finalized four weeks after acceptance (see Timeline). Be prepared to deliver your final versions of your work before these dates, or your acceptance may be rescinded.


    If your course is accepted, you will need to submit:

    • Copyright permissions or clearances on any restricted materials
    • Submission and Authorization Agreements from all speakers
    • A final set of electronic Course Notes
    • Digital supplementary materials (for example, sample code, datasets, documentation, demos, animations, etc.)
    • A final course timeline listing the topics and speakers in chronological order

    The time and location of your course will be posted on the SIGGRAPH Asia website well in advance of the conference.

    Some registration and travel costs to attend SIGGRAPH Asia 2013 may be at your own expense; each accepted course receives recognition as specified in the SIGGRAPH Asia 2013 Recognition Policy.



    Nature of Content
    Completeness, Work in Progress
    Work Submitted Elsewhere
    Review and Upon Acceptance


    Can I submit after the deadline?
    No. The deadlines are absolute. All submissions receive equal consideration up to the published deadline. Please respect other contributors and allow time for unforeseen circumstances in your submission, including (but not limited to) network connectivity, equipment failures, job impacts, life or family events, etc. These are outside of SIGGRAPH Asia 2013's direct control and cannot be accommodated fairly.

    Why is this so absolute?
    Firstly, the answer is fairness and equal opportunity for consideration. This respects the contribution process for all submissions. Secondly, the deadline was set as late as possible while still allowing sufficient time for quality review, production, and delivery at SIGGRAPH Asia 2013. Immediately after the submission deadline, we start processing and reviewing the submissions on a very tight time schedule, and we cannot accommodate exceptions.

    How will SIGGRAPH Asia 2013 address server-side network failures?
    SIGGRAPH Asia 2013 is only responsible for the availability of the submission server. If necessary, the conference chair will authorize an appropriate adjustment (and will prominently post notices at several locations online). All other network failures between your location and the SIGGRAPH Asia server will not affect the submission deadlines. Please submit early to avoid connectivity-support problems or last-minute submission-server performance issues.

    The SIGGRAPH Asia 2013 English Review Service failed our schedule, so it is SIGGRAPH Asia's fault that our proposal is late. Can I have an extension?
    No. The English Review Service makes no guarantee for service turn-around. It is also administered separately from the conference program. Please schedule your work appropriately. For the best chance of having your submission reviewed by the English Review Service, please make sure it is submitted and marked "complete" in the submission system at least 14 days before your program's submission deadline.

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    Nature of Content

    My company sells educational software. Can we make a sales presentation?

    No. The Exhibition is the best place for that.

    I have a great idea for a presentation, but I'm not sure if it's appropriate (too basic, advanced, fuzzy, etc.) for SIGGRAPH Asia 2013.
    Please send it in and let the SIGGRAPH Asia 2013 jury make the decision.

    Can my company have a dedicated session in which we present a collection of talks about various aspects of a large project?
    Possibly. You are welcome to submit a collection of related submissions. However, the scheduling and grouping of accepted material will ultimately be decided by the SIGGRAPH Asia 2013 committee.

    My company has a great new product that is of general interest to the SIGGRAPH Asia community. Can I submit an abstract about it?
    A simple product announcement or sales pitch would not be appropriate for the conference program. However, a methods or systems description that presents the engineering design and algorithms behind the product could be appropriate. If you are an exhibitor, and you are interested in a presentation on all aspects of your new product, please contact Exhibition Management about organizing an Exhibitor Talk.

    English is not my first language. Can I submit and present in another language?
    No, but ACM SIGGRAPH's International Committee can provide some help with English. Please see the English Review Service.

    I'm a sixth-grade teacher, not an expert in computer graphics or interactive techniques, but I have designed something using computer graphics software, interactive techniques, games, etc. that really helps my math, English, dance, etc. students. Should I submit it?
    Yes. SIGGRAPH Asia educators are very interested in how new techniques can be used for pedagogical purposes. Submissions in this area that have the best chance for acceptance demonstrate clearly how learning is improved with computer graphics or interactive techniques.

    Why is it necessary to specify an intended audience for a course? The intended audience should be the average SIGGRAPH Asia conference attendee, no?
    No. The attendee population is very diverse. Your detailed audience identification helps both proposal evaluation by the review committee (program balancing) and proper marketing to interested conference attendees.

    We have a great idea for an educational session on an unusual topic. Should we submit it?
    SIGGRAPH Asia 2013 seeks innovation both in topic and presentation! New ideas that relate to some aspect of computer graphics and interactive techniques are most welcome. Your proposal should clearly explain this relevance.

    Should all submissions be prepared anonymously, like Technical Papers?
    No. The review process is single blind, which means the reviewers will know who the authors are, but the authors will not know who the reviewers are. Your submission should be as close to its final form as possible (see Completeness, Work in Progress), including the names of all collaborators on the work and their institutions. Potential conflicts of interest are taken into account when submissions are assigned to reviewers.

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    Completeness, Work in Progress

    Are partial or incomplete submissions considered?

    Incomplete submissions will not be reviewed. Contributors are required to minimally meet all submission requirements by the published deadline. The jury will evaluate the merit of each completed proposal as it was submitted at the deadline, even if it does not meet the author's personal quality objectives. Please allow enough time to meet your own quality goals.

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    Work Submitted Elsewhere

    Can I submit work that I've published or presented, or has been accepted for publication or presentation, elsewhere?

    Yes, though with some caveats. First, you must indicate the prior appearance via the checkbox on the submission form and provide a description of how and where the work appeared. Second, be aware that SIGGRAPH Asia attendees expect to see things they've never seen before. The jury will decide if the novelty and impact of the submission warrant acceptance despite its appearance elsewhere.

    Can I submit work to SIGGRAPH Asia 2013 and also submit a more complete description to other conferences (for example EGSR, SGP, or SCA) while the submission is still in review?
    The other conference or journal is likely to consider this an unacceptable "dual submission", so you must check with them. If they are OK with it, SIGGRAPH Asia 2013 is OK with it. But if you intend to submit this work elsewhere before the conference, you must indicate this intent via the checkbox on the submission form and provide a description of where you intend to submit and when it would appear.

    Can I submit work that was presented at a previous SIGGRAPH conference?
    The submission form has a checkbox that requires you to indicate this fact. The jury will decide if the novelty of the submission warrants acceptance regardless of prior presentation or publication. Courses may remain valuable from year to year and will be considered by the jury, but proposals should clearly offer compelling reasons for repetition.

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    Review and Upon Acceptance

    How does the jury select pieces?

    All submissions are juried together, and there are no strict rules for acceptance. The jury primarily looks for a combination of innovation and excellence. A longer list of traits the jury typically looks for includes originality, artistic achievement, technical accomplishment, technical innovation, production value, creativity, design, educational value, aesthetic appeal, community building, and social responsibility.

    What makes a good proposal great?
    Topics and proposals come in all shapes and sizes. Well-written proposals effectively communicate their ideas so that reviewers can assess the submission's benefits to SIGGRAPH Asia 2013 attendees. Strong proposals clearly answer questions regarding relevance, content, and background.

    The reviews we received from the jury were highly positive and outstanding, and we still didn't get accepted. Why is this?
    Ideally, everyone would have a chance to present their best work at the conference. It would certainly make the selection process easier! Unfortunately, this is not always the case. Many great proposals do not make the cut because we lack rooms, resources, and schedule time. Here are some possible reasons for rejection:

    • The work is not sufficiently outstanding to justify its presentation length.
    • The submission did not show enough improvement over previous presentations.
    • The submission overlapped with better proposals in a similar area.
    • The submission overlapped with topics that have bigger anticipated attendance in a similar area.
    • The work was not strong or relevant.

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    All deadlines are 23:59 UTC/GMT.

    6 June 2013

    Submission deadline

    June - July 2013
    Jury reviews

    July 2013
    Acceptance notification

    August 2013
    Final Course Notes submission

    19 – 22 November 2013
    SIGGRAPH Asia 2013

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